Wayfinding and signage expert Limah Design Consultants has been appointed to develop a unified street naming, numbering and address system system for the ‘Economic Cities’ development in Saudi Arabia.
“Saudi’s Economic Cities have demonstrated a keen desire to implement the latest in design for urban environments with an emphasis on sustainability,” commented Jason Lewis, founder and managing director of Limah Design Consultants.
“Part of that desire is to create efficient places for people. Cities are the most confusing of all places, and the simplicity of this address system will help solve this.”
The address system will be based on local and international standards, as well as local culture and the site and architecture itself, to create an efficient and welcoming environment for residents and visitors.
Lewis continued: “The Gulf, in particular, has been slow to implement such systems, and the systems they have implemented are sometimes confusing, often because they are postal systems rather than user friendly numbering systems for the public.
“Many cities would be wise to both seek out not only postal address systems, but also street addressing systems. Our work in the Economic Cities will consider both types of systems allowing them to work in harmony in addition to creating clear guidelines for appropriate street naming.”
Four of the six Economic Cities are currently under construction: King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC), Prince AbdulAziz bin Mousaed Economic City (PABMEC), Knowledge Economic City (KEC), and Jazan Economic City (JEC).